Friday, June 18, 2010

Positive Possee

I've been mulling over a blog post on having and maintaining a positive attitude for days now. . . and this morning it feels like it all is coming together.

Like many technophiles the first thing I do in the morning before I get my coffee is reach for my iphone and check in on the world through my social networks. Squinting at the glow of apps, twitter is always first.

It's the water cooler. The break room. The place where my friends gather to share quotes, talk about their travels and children or that favorite restaurant they love to visit. It's where I get my tech news, have a laugh and read the latest and greatest from the Oatmeal.

As I mentioned before - this morning it all came together. @tkpleslie RT'd a touching post from @BostonWriter (read the full post here) which reminded me of just how important attitude is.

Often we get overwhelmed by circumstances and get sidelined from living and enjoying the moment. If we are lamenting how things are not going this way or that way : all too often we miss the way things ARE going and the tremendous experiences and people we are encountering along the way.

Yesterday I read a post by Seth Godin : Amplifying the Lizard Brain, which briefly touches on self-sabotaging behavior. How easy it is for us to focus on that one mis-step instead of the dozens of triumphs when we roll over the days events in our mind. How frequently do we spotlight and obsess over the flaws versus the benefits. Either way you look at it your attitude is contagious.

I am a firm believer that who you are is a reflection of how you treat yourself and who you surround yourself with - so if I am going to be influenced by people . . . thank goodness for the #postivepossee that I wake up to everyday on twitter, my partner @brandonpierce, my family and of course my pup Charlie whose happiness is always contagious. :)

Abraham Lincoln once said "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."

Well, my mind is made up.